Hate ‘em or hate ‘em, you guys love talking about Coldplay. EMI’s bragging that 2 mililion people downloaded the first free single “Violet Hill,” so feel good, you’re not the only ones hate-listening. And Chris Martin knows this: On the new cut “Viva La Vida,” he croons “revolutionaries wait for my head on a silver plate.” So, one point for self-awareness, and another for turning out a fresh sounding (if U2-y in spirit) track. A Coldplay song with a string section and church bells that manages not to sound pretentious? No small feat, you guys. We credit fatherhood. Or Eno. Either way, the half-the-title track to the forthcoming Viva La Vida or Death And All His Friends will probably inspire fewer bilious comments than last time — and definitely fewer comparisons to Radiohead.
(Thanks for the tip, Yiyo)
Coming soon to an arena near you. It’s nice. And It’s yours for a dollar at iTunes. Viva La Vida Or Death Ad All His Friends is out 6/12 via Capitol/Parlophone.